7 Reasons Garment Companies have Unhappy Employees

I was passionate about my consulting job. I loved my job profile and position when I was working in an export house. After six months of working my happiness started fading away. In this post, I will share my personal experience and views of many employees working in garment manufacturing on why employees become dissatisfied with employers.

I can still remember those restless and frustrating days of my career. In my first job, I started with a good package and a good position in the company. There was no increment in salary for two years. I was dissatisfied with a stagnant salary. Just before I left the company, I got an increment of one thousand only. The same thing happened in my second job.

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I didn't have defined responsibilities through the profile was Assistant Manager and always overloaded with job responsibilities. Instead of having a production manager, I need to chase production, outsourcing job, sourcing of trims, and other activities. I had taken the responsibility for correcting wrong patterns before cutting, -- I had taken the responsibility to pack garments by the due date ... worked full nights for finishing and packing and making packing list etc.

I would not bore you sharing about my past. Go ahead and find what all matters make employees unhappy at work. At the end don't forget to share your reasons being unhappy at work.

Late payment of salary: 

I have seen many times that if workers (operators) are not get paid by the due date, they stop working. Being a staff member, one can’t stop working on the face but they lose motivation to work. Even there are few factories that gives salary checks to their employees after more than 20 days in the following month.

No defined job responsibility: 

Many employees shared that they don’t know what their main job responsibilities are. Everyone in the factory does everything instead of having a specific department. This makes delays in the completion of certain tasks.

Not getting salary as per market standard and not getting yearly increment: 

This point is self-explanatory. Employees expect at least yearly salary increment. Secondly, many join to a company with low salary package when they need a job desperately. And after few months they start thinking of that they are not getting as per their work experiences and as much salary drawn by their friends.

No defined reporting channel: 

The organization works well when there is a defined organization structure and defined communication flow for all. Communication flow - from top to bottom and bottom to top. Where MD (Managing Director) is easily accessible by everyone in the factory, managers and executives start feeling insecure. They lose control over the juniors and workers. This causes dissatisfaction within employees.

Shortage of resource: 

To work as procedures and finish work on schedule time, sufficient human resources and equipment are needed in place and on time. Some executives can’t work without a team.

No system in place: 

Everyone looks for the best system in companies, where employees can achieve more with little effort. But the right system is rare a thing in the garment industry. No system and unorganized practice make things very difficult to perform work by many newcomers.

Work Pressure: 

I don’t know how much work is overload to an employee. It depends on individual productivity on work. However, employers keep reducing manpower when there is no business growth. On the other don’t increase manpower though there is growth in business. Most export houses are habituated with working regular overtime. Even employees don’t get off on weekend.


I found these 7 reasons are prominent when I met the staff of various factories. There are many other reasons behind the dissatisfaction of employees.

An unhappy employee doesn't stick with a company for a longer time. S/he will search for a better opportunity sooner or later. They will part away from the present company. One may lose good employees if the above things are not taken seriously. It is difficult to make all employees happy. But things can be improved.

Now it is your turn to share what makes you most frustrated in the job.

Prasanta Sarkar

Prasanta Sarkar is a textile engineer and a postgraduate in fashion technology from NIFT, New Delhi, India. He has authored 6 books in the field of garment manufacturing technology, garment business setup, and industrial engineering. He loves writing how-to guide articles in the fashion industry niche. He has been working in the apparel manufacturing industry since 2006. He has visited garment factories in many countries and implemented process improvement projects in numerous garment units in different continents including Asia, Europe, and South Africa. He is the founder and editor of the Online Clothing Study Blog.

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